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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

IronChef Re:I HATE multiplayer (291 comments)

You don't have to take orders. You don't even have to listen to them. Turn off all the voice comms, and treat the other players as bots. That's how I play TF2 (my only MP game) and it works just fine.

I suppose if you landed on the wrong server you might get kicked for not communicating. I have never had that happen yet, though.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

IronChef Obviously... (268 comments)

Write the files to a tape drive.

about a week ago

Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

IronChef Re:The problem is... (190 comments)

Find out in... POXPOCALYPSE!

about 2 months ago

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

IronChef Re:No. (502 comments)

It happens in the A/V receiver.

about 2 months ago

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

IronChef Re:No. (502 comments)

I am not sure even gamers need sound cards any more... at least not those who don't use headphones. I have a 7.1 movie surround system hooked to a PC, and the Windows itself magically mixes sound bits into the HDMI stream coming from my Nvidia GPU. In games, I get as many discrete sound channels as the game software supports, plus I can push most any kind of bitstream (including DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD) from media files.

With a complete digital path, what does a sound card have to offer me? I guess AMD is making some sound co-processor stuff that might make neat effects at low CPU usage, but I'll need to see some really killer apps for that before it looks remotely attractive.

about 2 months ago

Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

IronChef Re:why? (346 comments)

> That clearly won't happen

Not until Scalia gets the case!

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

IronChef Re:Inspired to... meh (427 comments)

What's your tritium watch, got a link?

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

IronChef Re:See even Microsoft thinks MacBook Airs rule! (365 comments)

Windows 8 takes everything you thought you knew about Windows, kills it, rapes it, buries it, digs it up, rapes it again, sets it on fire, and props up the corpse with rusty coat-hangers in the form of a rude gesture.

Strangely, I still love my Surface Pro, but it is despite Windows 8, not because of it. I think for a certain niche it's a sensible machine, but admittedly that niche is awfully narrow.

about 3 months ago

IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

IronChef Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

My company, which is quite straight-laced, has a very short email retention policy. Email in your Outlook client is only accessible for 30 days before it gets put into some kind of backup system, where it only has another month or two before it's gone forever.

You can search the backups with a special tool, but it is too painful to do frequently.

You are not allowed to create PST files or otherwise store email locally, in any format. Doing so is a firing offense.

Now, I don't know what they do with the data on the server once it's lost to me. I'm sure they are complying with the law. But they have designed an email system that prevents you from using it as personal long-term storage, as you'd do with your private Gmail account. I always assumed this had to be for liability reasons. It sure is inconvenient, though.

about 3 months ago

Cable Companies Duped Community Groups Into Fighting Net Neutrality

IronChef And this is why I never sign petitions (170 comments)

When someone on the street asks me to sign a petition, the answer is always no. It doesn't matter how worthy the stated cause is:

- Free, nutritious school lunches for whales
- Not grinding minorities into paste at the border
- Municipal high-speed internet

You don't know what you are really signing until you read the fine print, and the fine print under the fine print.

about 3 months ago

I Want a Kindle Killer

IronChef Re:...paper replacement (321 comments)

I am usually the last person plugging anything from Microsoft, but look at the Surface tablets. They are full Windows 8 devices with an active Wacom digitizer. Writing and sketching on a Surface is eerily smooth and natural-feeling. The screen is 208 ppi, which is not super high, but may be good enough. (You can also trivially pan/zoom your workspace.)

It may not be what you need, but if sketching notes is one of your big use cases, it's worth a look.

about 4 months ago

I Want a Kindle Killer

IronChef Re:It's a reader, not a writer (321 comments)

Kindle had text-to-speech but it may have been killed off by copyright matters:

Or, it may still be in the devices, I don't know, I don't have one. I just remembered there was a big stink about it when they announced the feature years ago.

about 4 months ago

Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

IronChef Re:Editorial (475 comments)

Thank you, Senator.

about 4 months ago

Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

IronChef Re:A bunch of nuns? (800 comments)

> But how plausibly can a car judge whether keeping me and my 2 year old infant alive is more or less important than the unknown occupants of another car?

Obviously, your car will need to be made aware of everyone's social graph so that it can weigh the value of all lives involved.

Just kidding! ... kind of. I can see this being a headline some years from now.

about 5 months ago

Australian Exploration Company Believes It May Have Found MH370 Wreckage

IronChef Re:Tech used? (293 comments)

I took a look at their site, and it seems like their technology is too good to be true... it's Star Trek class.

about 5 months ago

All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

IronChef Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (54 comments)

I spent a few minutes looking at the linked site, and searching, and could not find the answer to that question. There were some promising-looking links to but the site was not responding.

Either I need to turn in my geek card, or more likely, someone needs to turn in their web content editor card.

about 5 months ago

L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

IronChef Re:If you can't beat them... (405 comments)

I had exactly the same idea the other day. I'm surprised that this doesn't exist yet, in some form or another.

about 6 months ago

WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up

IronChef Re:False advertising. (273 comments)

Your AT&T story reminds me of my own bad experiences with that carrier. I've been on a pre-paid carrier for a long time now and find I much prefer it.

My bill is completely predictable, and best of all, my phone company doesn't have access to any of my billing information. They can't just decide to charge me a mystery fee, or otherwise screw up the billing.

It's great and I will never go back to post-paid and contracts.

about 6 months ago


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